Posts By Bob Toth
After Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins, 29 games are in the books for the Cleveland Indians this season. With almost one-fifth of the schedule already completed, the team is a confusing 10-19, eight and a half games out of first place, and owners of the worst record in the American League.
The Indians are easily one of the biggest disappointments on the baseball scene, especially after their dreaded appearance on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated has drawn frequent comparisons to a cover jinx tracing back to the 1987 Indians squad that underperformed to a 61-101 record (.377) that year.
Sure, other Cleveland players (see: Grady Sizemore, Manny Ramirez, or Albert Belle) have graced the cover since that deplorable piece of literature, but it was the prediction of the publication that proved to be more curse than correct. Maybe there is something to it though. Regretfully, I inform you that this year’s Indians team is on a present pace to finish even worse than the ill-fated ’87 team. The 2015 Tribe’s present .345 win-loss percentage has the club on pace for a 56-106 record.
Sometimes, watching the Cleveland Indians this season has been like taking a shot to the midsection.
Their struggles remind me of the song lyric “Two out of three ain’t bad”, from musician/actor Meat Loaf’s song by the same title, because the team just cannot seem to win a three-game series for the life of them. The Indians will look to break the frightening trends of losing both series openers and series altogether this weekend as they host the quietly impressive Minnesota Twins in a three-game series.
Cleveland (10-17) continued its season long slump and in many ways was its own worst enemy once again. For the eighth time in nine series, the Indians dropped the opener on Tuesday, falling 5-3 as Royals’ response runs to each of the Indians’ scores made the difference. Cleveland claimed the middle game, 10-3, on Wednesday as they made an early lead stick to pace Carlos Carrasco to his team-high fourth win of the year. The confusing case of Corey Kluber continued on Thursday, as each of the first four hitters reached base and scored and, despite him settling in, the Indians could not climb all the way back in a 7-4 defeat.
Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Yes! Carlos Carrasco received some of that elusive run support that has haunted the Indians for the past two seasons as Cleveland defeated a left-handed starter in a 10-3 final over the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Indians paced Carrasco with four early runs, which would prove to be all the reliable righty would need on the mound, but it did not stop the team from slugging out 13 hits and driving in ten runs for the third time this season. The key to the game may have been the timely and clutch hitting – the Indians were 7-for-13 (.538) with runners in scoring position on the night. All nine Cleveland starters had at least one hit in the contest.
WP: C. Carrasco (4-2) LP: D. Duffy (2-1)
It’s déjà vu all over again for the Cleveland Indians as they take on the Kansas City Royals for the second time in as many weeks. This time the location is different as the series moves to Kauffman Stadium, home of the Royals since 1973.
The Indians hit the road for a brief vacation from Cleveland after splitting a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays claimed a game one 5-1 win on Thursday as a five-run fourth gave the club all the runs they would need on the night. The Tribe bounced back Friday night with a 9-4 win as the Indians matched each Toronto score in the immediate half inning and then added some extra runs of their own in the fourth and fifth. The Indians bullpen made a manageable deficit a blowout on Saturday afternoon, as a 4-2 game when they entered in the sixth became an 11-4 loss. A six-run Toronto fourth inning on Sunday could have been Cleveland’s undoing, but the Indians responded back with six of their own in the fifth on the way to a 10-7 victory to avoid another series loss.